GOP rolled out 3 school-level cheapfakes… phony video from a party full of phonies


Steve Scalise and bubbas have apparently given up on truth-telling

In the last days of August, with the clock ticking down until Election Day, senior Republican officials pulled off a disinformation hat trick: Over the course of two short days, figures affiliated with the GOP published three different deceptively edited videos on social media.

First, on the morning of Aug. 30, House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise tweeted out a video of a conversation between Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and disabled activist Ady Barkan, manipulating Barkan’s words in the service of the false claim that Biden had agreed to defund the police.

That same day, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino shared a tweet with a deceptively edited clip that appeared to show Biden falling asleep during a TV interview.

The final offering came the next day from the Trump campaign account @TrumpWarRoom, which posted a three-second video that purported to show Biden saying, “You won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America.”

All three productions are characterized by amateurish, cheapass editing of existing TV footage. Manipulating sentence structure, clumsy cutting and splicing, didn’t produce anything winning prizes for skill and deceit. The point apparently was to reinforce the bigotry and dimbulb arguments held by devout trumpkins.

The “quality” of sleaze the Republican Party has reached – following their Fearless Leader – only excels at stink!

Something hip from TikTok…

Over the years, I feel like I’ve worked with a kajillion guys named Apodaca. Whether I was working warehouses here in NM or truckin’ from Cranberry bogs in RI. This brother is the coolest!

Death in Beirut


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This is 4K video. Open it up to full screen. It repeats twice…each time slower motion.

Annually, the world produces and stores enormous amounts of ammonium nitrate—more than 20 million tons in 2017. But for the compound to figure in an explosion of this magnitude, chemists and explosives experts say a lot has to go wrong.

The most interesting thing to me – technically – is noting the shock wave travels through the earth, through solids…faster than it does through the air. You can see near(er) objects judder frame-by-frame in the last slo-mo before the airborne blast arrives in the vicinity of the videographer.

No surprise there. Just didn’t think of it till I saw it.